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Thursday 22 August 2019

Family mourn the loss of 'kind soul' and much-loved 'messer' stabbed to death

Mourners escort the remains of Aidan McMenamy after his funeral mass at St Joseph’s Church in Bonnybrook
Mourners escort the remains of Aidan McMenamy after his funeral mass at St Joseph’s Church in Bonnybrook

A Dublin grandfather who was stabbed to death in a house on the North Strand has been remembered as "a kind soul who would do anything for his family".

Aidan McMenamy (45) was found dead at Clinchs Court on July 19.

Another Dublin man, Anthony Paget (45), from Carnlough Road, Cabra, has been charged with his murder.

Cheeky

At St Joseph's Church in Bonnybrook, near Coolock, Fr Joe Jones told of how Mr McMenamy always had a cheeky smile and was "a funny messer" but had the biggest heart a man could have.

"Aidan was very generous and very giving throughout his life," he said.

"His children told me how he taught them to love and respect other people, especially our elders.

"His sister said that he would do anything for you, but she wouldn't let him do any painting. It wasn't one of his better traits."

Many of Mr McMenamy's family wore bandanas to the funeral, and Fr Jones said he had had a love for them, wearing them constantly in recent months.

"He felt it made him look a million dollars," he added.

Items taken to the altar to symbolise his life included a can of beer, a tobacco pouch, a statue of a horse, a model motorbike and a montage of photos of happy times in his life.

Mr McMenamy is survived by his wife Sharon, six children, five grandchildren, brothers, sisters and extended family.

At the end of the mass, one of his nieces addressed the mourners.

"Uncle Aidan was a kind soul who would do anything for his family or close friends," she said.

"He was the life and soul of a party and lived for today. He never let anything worry him and didn't care what anyone else thought."

Cheeky

She said that in recent years her uncle had tried to get his life "back on track" after the death of his parents.

"He got his own little place and was finally looking after himself and was back on the road to recovery," she said.

"He would come and visit my mam and talk about all the good times and how proud he was after getting himself back together.

"Obviously, this isn't the way he was supposed to go."

After mass, Mr McMenamy's remains were taken to Dardistown Crematorium.

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